"I'll Never Forget What's-his-name"

Michael Wilcock

READ : Psalm 147:1-6

He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. (v. 4)

Isn’t it amazing that God should not only know how many stars there are but also have a name for every single one of them. The verses surrounding this one are not about stars but about the Lord’s people, who are just as numerous and whom he knows in the same sort of way. In fact, the particulars of every person who has ever lived, including his or her name, are all in the divine database.

So it is intriguing to find here and there in Scripture a number of well-known characters who remain anonymous. What was the rich young ruler called? What was the name of the queen of Sheba?

We’re not told, so we don’t know. But God does. And perhaps that is the point. There are any number of things that for a variety of good reasons—not just curiosity—we should like to know, but that God doesn’t tell us. It’s as if to say, “Provided you know me, you can leave to me all the stuff you don’t know.” That is called trust. (One day, of course, we shall know. That is called hope.)


Teach us, Lord, not to let the things we do know be disturbed by the things we don’t know.